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9:55 AM ET, November 23, 2011


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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP debate: Newt Gingrich beats back immigration critique  —  Ascendant Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich delivered an unapologetic defense of his views on immigration Tuesday night, declaring in a foreign policy debate that the GOP should not adopt a platform on immigration that …
A.Killough / CNN:
Live Blog: CNN Republican National Security Debate  —  Washington, D.C. (CNN) - The CNN Political Ticker is live blogging the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C. Check here for live updates throughout the event and be sure to follow @PoliticalTicker, @CNNPolitics and use #CNNDebate.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP debate: Gingrich divides himself from pack on immigration  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich helped himself with Republican Party insiders but may have done damage with anti-illegal immigration conservatives in a Tuesday debate focused on foreign policy.  ­­
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Newt Gingrich won't appear on Missouri ballot  —  Newt Gingrich speaks at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire Nov. 21, 2011 (Adam Hunger / Reuters)  —  Newt Gingrich may be a top-tier contender in the latest polls …
CNN National Security Debate Live-Blog
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Despite Threat of Cuts, Pentagon Officials Made No Contingency Plans  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has painted such an apocalyptic vision of America's national security under $500 billion in automatic defense budget cuts that Pentagon officials said Tuesday they were pushing …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
It Figures... UC Davis Students AGREED to Be Pepper Sprayed Before Incident (Video) ...Update: UC Davis Pepper Spray Massacre Victims Giggled & Smiled Describing Torture  —  For the record...  The UC Davis students who were holding the illegal protest on campus last weekend were warned …
David Taintor /
TPMDC  —  Fox News On UC Davis Pepper Spraying: 'It's A Food Product, Essentially'
Shannon Travis / CNN:
First on CNN: Key social conservatives secretly meet to stop Romney in Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) — Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one main goal: find and support a Republican presidential candidate who can stop Mitt Romney in Iowa.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Romney bets he can win Iowa without support from social conservatives
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses
Fallon apologizes to Bachmann  —  (CNN) - TV show host Jimmy Fallon apologized to GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann via Twitter Tuesday for a song played as the presidential candidate walked on stage for her Monday interview on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The Page
Bachmann Mocked Amid Talk-Show Yuks
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Why Didn't Reporters Call Romney a Liar?  —  One of the enormous changes in political journalism over the past decade has been the rise of an aggressive culture of online fact-checking.  It started with amateur bloggers but has become professionalized, with full-time fact-checkers like PolitiFact …
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Romney names possible running mate
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Rep. Barney Frank: Supercommittee failure ‘good news’ for Dems  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the congressional supercommittee's failure Monday to come to an agreement on spending reforms was “good news” because it will help to end the Bush-era tax cuts and give Democrats more bargaining power in budget negotiations.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats ready to move $400 billion in new legislation  —  After failing to reach a deal to reduce the deficit, the Senate will move next month to take up legislation that could add more than $400 billion to the deficit.  —  All of the proposals, such as the extension of the payroll tax cut …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Obama stimulus helping economy  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that President Obama's 2009 stimulus package continues to benefit the struggling economy.  —  The agency said the measure raised gross domestic product by between 0.3 and 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011, which ended Sept. 30.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Cadie Thompson / CNBC:
Demonstrators Plan to Occupy Retailers on Black Friday  —  Some demonstrators are planning to occupy retailers on Black Friday to protest “the business that are in the pockets of Wall Street.”  —  Organizers are encouraging consumers to either occupy or boycott retailers that are publicly traded …
Gideon Spanier / This Is London:
James Murdoch quits the boards of Sun and Times  —  James Murdoch has dramatically resigned as a director of the companies that publish The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun.  —  The surprise move, which has seen Rupert Murdoch's son quit a string of directorships at News International …
Associated Press:
Occupy protests cost nation's cities at least $13M  —  NEW YORK (AP) — During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services …
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Rise From Seven-Month Low  —  The number of claims for jobless benefits rose last week from a seven-month low, signaling the rate of firings has stabilized after slowing in recent weeks, figures from the U.S Labor Department showed today.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Romney's Mormon Faith Likely a Factor in Primaries, Not in a General Election  —  Many Americans continue to see the Mormon faith as unfamiliar and different.  Half say they know little or nothing about Mormonism, half say it is a Christian religion while a third say it is not …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda targets dwindle as group shrinks  —  Here's a look at individuals deemed the most wanted terrorists in al-Qaeda..  —  The leadership ranks of the main al-Qaeda terrorist network, once expansive enough to supervise the plot for Sept. 11, 2001, have been reduced to just two figures whose demise …
Discussion: The Page and Political Mojo
Yochi J. Dreazen /
FACT CHECK: How Serious is the Threat to Pakistan's Nuclear Program?  —  Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann serves on the House Intelligence Committee, so her comments on Pakistan's nuclear program represent either a news-making leak of previously unknown classified information or another …
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
Weary, blistered Wall Street protesters reach DC  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Drenched, blistered and weary, a few dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters arrived Tuesday in the nation's capital after a two-week, 240-mile march from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.  —  The marchers, many wearing hooded ponchos …
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Eric Pfeiffer / Yahoo! News:
Man catches 881-pound tuna, seized by feds
Discussion: Blog
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich May Have Inside Track on Palin's Endorsement
Liz Essley / Washington Examiner:
Capital Land  —  Occupy DC expects to be raided, tells campers to remove drugs
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and OWS Exposed
Agence France Presse:
Bomb attack on Pakistan school kills policeman
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Afghan woman's choice: 12 years in jail or marry her rapist and risk death
Discussion: Jihad Watch
The Atlantic Online:
Nearing the End of the Iraq War
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Huntsman, Romney trade jabs over Afghanistan drawdown
What is the U.S.'s role in a changing world?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why Republicans like Simpson-Bowles
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Huntsman Dilemma  —  After spending $800,000-plus on media …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A complicated Romney family
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Richard Black / BBC:
‘New release’ of climate emails